Syncing multiple iPhones with one computer may seem complicated, but it is a fairly easy process. Unlimited iPhones can be used with the same iTunes account on the same computer. Each device will create its own sync preferences and your computer will maintain a backup for each one. Before you sync a new iPhone, make […]
Syncing multiple iPhones with one computer may seem complicated, but it is a fairly easy process.
Unlimited iPhones can be used with the same iTunes account on the same computer. Each device will create its own sync preferences and your computer will maintain a backup for each one.
Before you sync a new iPhone, make sure that your computer won’t automatically sync a device that is plugged in. You can do this by opening iTunes Preferences and checking “Disable Automatic Syncing for all iPhones and iPods.” Doing that will prevent content that was on previous devices being duplicated onto a new iPhone.
The first time you plug a new iPhone in, iTunes will ask you what you want to name your iPhone.
Be sure that you give each iPhone a unique name such as “Mom’s iPhone” or “Dad’s iPhone.”
Be aware that the Address Book and iCal Calender applications will duplicate the content for each iPhone.
There are two ways to prevent this.
You can create a different Login account for each iPhone such as “Dad’s Login” for “Dad’s iPhone” and “Mom’s Login” for “Mom’s iPhone.” Multiple computer login accounts can share a single iTunes library and the iPhone specific to the login account will be updated and stored under the designated account.
If you don’t want to create multiple login accounts, open up the iCal feature on your Mac and create a calender for each iPhone. While syncing, select which calender you want to be stored on the appropriate iPhone and do the same for Address Book.
To keep music separate, first determine which content belongs to who in the iTunes Library.
Create specific playlists for each person like “Mom’s Rock N’ Roll List,” “Dad’s Classical Music List,” and so on. Once you have created the playlists, plug in one iPhone then check which playlists you want on that iPhone.
Use this same process with videos, podcasts, and apps. To sync photos, first manually select which photo albums you want to import from iPhoto into iTunes then determine which albums you want on each iPhone.
Remember that whenever you add a new song to a playlist or add a new entry to your ICal, Address Book or Contact List, iTunes will automatically update everything when you Sync an iPhone to iTunes.
Following these steps will take the guess work and complication out of syncing multiple iPhones on one computer.